GutCutter getting Mitchell’s Plain active

2016-09-27 06:00
Lameez Van Reenen, Janine Baker and Josephine Gelant all participate in classes with the GutCutter Cecil Haynie.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

Lameez Van Reenen, Janine Baker and Josephine Gelant all participate in classes with the GutCutter Cecil Haynie. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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He had been drifting between jobs for years, but fitness remained his calling.

Cecil Haynie, known as the GutCutter, is getting Mitchell’s Plain active and he’s trying to do it in a big way.

Already offering aerobics classes to a small group in Rocklands, the Portlands man wants to extend it even further.

On Wednesday 14 September, Haynie embarked on getting the rest of the area active through a new free initiative.

“Fitness for me started in Grade 7 when I took up athletics and carried on into high school where I joined an athletic club,” says Haynie.

He started with a mix of jobs, but fitness was always his passion.

“You know that feeling when you are doing something but you know you are not supposed to; that it’s not your calling – that is how I felt,” he says.

“I need to do fitness and I need to do what I love.”

He started at a fitness club in Belgravia, and it gave him an opportunity to learn more about the art of teaching fitness.

“This is where my love for aerobics started. It was a gym and the owners allowed me to do classes,” he says.

“The reason I love aerobics is because it’s low impact and fun.”

The rest is history.

He completed a qualification in the field and is qualified to teach aerobics.

His journey as a personal trainer started with women always asking him how to lose belly fat.

He started a Facebook page called “Gut Cutting Tips” and the GutCutter was born.

“I started sharing ideas on how to lose weight, what to do, exercises to do, shared videos and started interacting with people,” he says.

Now you can also train with the GutCutter, for free.

His latest initiative is to offer free running, jogging and walking sessions aside from his classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

These sessions are held on Wednesdays from 16:00 to 17:00 at the Westridge Gardens.

“It’s open to everyone,” says Haynie.

People want to get active more, but there aren’t many options” he explains.

“It came to me that I can get people active on a Wednesday by doing walking – nothing strenuous or competitive.”

It is set up to allow for a fun walk that will get people active without realising it – they walked for 50 minutes without realising they had broken a sweat.

The classes are open to all to join at all fitness levels.

“It is a casual walk where you don’t think about fitness or losing weight,” he says.

V The group meets at the Rose Garden and will walk for an hour. For more information call Haynie on 084 056 9856.

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